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India and Pakisatn's oil ministers discuss Iran gas pipeline

Islamabad, June 5, IRNA-The Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Mani Shankar Aiyar and Pakistan's Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Amanullah Khan Jadoon, meeting in Islamabad on Sunday, discussed the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project.

The proposed Iran-Pakisatn-India gasline is high on agenda in the negotiations, a source close to the talks told IRNA.

Ayars who is on a two-week visit to Pakisatn, Azerbaijan, Iran and Qatar arrived in Pakitan on Saturday for a three-day visit heading an 11-member delegation.

Indian companies will also explore the possibility of trade and investing in oil sector in Pakistan.

The Indian delegation comprising secretary petroleum and other senior officials is holding talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad on a wide range of talks, focusing mainly on the proposed tri-nation gas pipline from Iran to India via Pakistan besides discussing the possibility of cooperation in oil and gas sectors, state APP news agency reported prior to the visit.

The delegation will also meet President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz during their stay in Pakistan, it said.

The Indian petroleum minister is also expected to meet Commerce Minister Humayun Akhtar on Monday.

A specific subject for discussion during his visit will be hydrocarbon sector with possibility of exporting Indian diesel to Pakistan.

Aiyar and Jadoon will meet again on Monday to discuss the proposed 2,775-kilometer energy corridor in Pakistan to deliver gas from Iran's South Pars field to the Indian border, IRNA learned.

Iran and India have been talking about a pipeline since 1994 but longstanding hostility between India and Pakistan on Kashmir has hindered the multi-billion dollar plan.

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